All travelers to the Turks and Caicos are required to obtain pre-travel authorisation via the TCI Assured portal. Persons without authorization will not be permitted to board a flight to the Turks and Caicos.
Resorts on Grace Bay Beach.
What is TCI Assured?
TCI Assured is an online portal where all international travelers (both visitors and residents) will be required to obtain certification before traveling to the Turks and Caicos.
TCI Assured is also the name for the mandatory quality assurance scheme for hotels, villas, restaurants, and transportation vehicles. All businesses must be TCI Assured and display the certification sticker.
The TCI Assured pre-authorization portal will require travelers to submit the following information:
A negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken within 5 days prior to travel to the TCI. Children under the age of 10 are excluded from this requirement.
Insurance which covers COVID-19 medical costs and full hospitalization, doctors’ visits, prescriptions and air ambulance.
A completed online health screening questionnaire.
Once uploaded, the documents will be verified and certification issued.
Calls are answered every day between 8 AM and 9 PM Turks and Caicos Standard Time (same as EST).
Who needs to complete this?
Every person traveling to the Turks and Caicos, regardless of age, nationality, or residence status, will be required to obtain a TCI Assured certification before travel.
All hotels, villas, restaurants, and transportation vehicles must display the TCI Assured sticker. Look out for this sticker to ensure that the business has been certified.
When must this be completed?
Information should be uploaded 24 hours prior to travel, however shorter times can be accommodated.
How long does this take?
Authorization takes between 15 minutes and 24 hours. If the application is incomplete, it may take longer.
What if I don’t obtain the TCI Assured authorization?
Your airline will refuse to allow you to board your flight.
What if my authorization expires before I arrive, such as due to flight delays?
You will be denied entry if your travel authorization has expired, such as due to flight delays. Previously, exceptions were made but this is no longer the case. If your travel authorization has expired, or will expire by the time you land in the Turks and Caicos, you must obtain a new travel authorization (and new COVID-19 test).
What are the face mask requirements?
Until 31 March 2021, masks are required to be worn in all public spaces. Some exceptions exist, such as individuals (or persons from the same group) together on the beach.
Masks will be required to enter restaurants but can be removed once seated.
Will travelers be tested upon arrival?
Temperature checks and screening will be conducted. Travelers may be subject to COVID-19 testing upon arrival in spot checks.
What happens if a visitor tests positive for COVID-19 during their stay?
All visitors must also have COVID-19 specific travel insurance that covers in country medical treatment and repatriation/medivac (if necessary).
What happens if I come into contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19?
You will be advised by the Ministry of Health as to what you will be required to do.
Can I travel to the other islands from Providenciales?
Visitors should bring a reusable face mask and hand sanitizer.
Testing Requirement Exemption for Some Vaccinated Residents
Some fully-vaccinated residents (not tourists) will not be required to take and upload the COVID-19 test to the TCI Assured portal. All persons, including fully-vaccinated persons, must still obtain the TCI Assured travel authorization.
To benefit from this exemption on testing, a resident must:
Have taken the COVID-19 vaccine in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Have taken both required doses of the vaccine.
Have taken the second dose at least two weeks prior to travel.
Be on the Government's register of COVID-19 vaccinated persons.
This is applicable to residents only. Tourists and visitors must submit a negative COVID-19 test regardless of their vaccination status.
If a resident does not meet all 4 points above, they are not eligible to be exempted from obtaining a COVID-19 test prior to entry.